September 26, 2006 - by
Florida State Football Returns To Practice After Taking Monday Off

Sept. 26, 2006


· Florida State worked out for 15 periods in shells Tuesday.

· The first 12 periods the offense and defense worked separately.

· The team then moved into skeleton drills for a couple of periods before ending with 11-on-11.

· Starting corner Tony Carter was held out of practice due to a knee injury. The extent of the injury was not known.

· Some highlights from skeleton drills included Drew Weatherford connecting on at least five short passes to different receivers. Xavier Lee also completed some short passes including a hook-up with Damon McDaniel. Defensively Roger Williams had a pass break-up on a deep ball intended for Greg Carr. Jamie Robinson had the only pick and it came on a deep route down the sideline.

· The biggest play in 11-on-11 was Antone Smith’s burst for a TD that had the entire offense celebrating.



Head Coach Bobby Bowden

“We went out in shells and got about 15 periods in. We worked on our kicking game first. It was a pretty spirited practice. We started looking at some stuff for North Carolina State and correct some of the errors from last week. It was kind of like a Monday practice but we went a little bit longer in shells rather than shorts. It was a pretty good practice.”

On Tony Carter’s injury:

“It doesn’t look good for (the NC State game). How long? I don’t know.”

On defensive injuries:

“They have really taken their licks over there. Somebody just has to step up and do the job. That’s football.”

Cornerback Tony Carter

On Michael Ray Garvin’s preparation for a start versus NC State:

“He has been working hard since he got here. He is in shape pretty good for the job and I am sure he is going to do well.”

Running Back Lorenzo Booker

On how the offense played versus Rice:

“We executed. With a team like that, you are playing against yourself. Not to put Rice down but it is no secret we were a lot more talented than they were. It is about preparing well and remaining focused when you play a team that is inferior to you on paper. Everybody did a good job executing.”

On whether the offensive line got confident due to the game versus Rice:

“I don’t think it’s about confidence. I always felt they blocked good. At the same time it’s not just us. Of course we have to get first downs but I think us and the coaching staff did a good job of working together. We had consistent drives. We didn’t have a lot of penalties that caused three and outs.”

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